How To Store Lithium Batteries Safely?

After buying a lithium battery, it is important to keep the receipt and the warranty card and think about where to store it. Many people make the same mistake of keeping the charger in completely unsuitable places: in the garage, at the working desk, or just in a warm place.

It’s vital to remember that lithium chargers can be dangerous and explosive without proper care.

Looking for the appropriate storage, keep in mind the temperature of the environment. The charger requires cold temperatures, but it doesn’t mean that we need to store it next to the food in the fridge. Read this article to understand why storing chargers in special conditions is vital.


Handling Precautions For Safe Lithium-ion Battery Storage

First of all, a lithium battery is a type of charger that can restore energy. The modern world uses it as an energy source for smartphones, laptops, drones, wireless headphones, and even cars or even bigger projects. Like any other type of charger, it needs special maintenance because of toxic elements that can be hazardous if the energy carrier is damaged.

In order to store lithium-ion batteries in the right way, you have to provide the necessary conditions. They are:

  • keeping the right temperature;

  • maintenance of humidity;

  • periodic recharging.

Have you ever noticed that your phone battery quickly dies when it is cold outside and vice versa when it is too hot? If yes, here is the solution to the problem:

The higher the temperature, the faster the lithium charger will lose energy but not capacity. The same applies to the low temperature. It does not destroy the battery if it is below zero, but you need to buy a charger in normal temperature conditions before using it. As a result, the best temperature to store lithium-ion batteries is 50 °F (10 °C).

Humidity is probably the most important thing when storing a charger. The problem is that condensation can occur between the terminals and can cause a short in wet conditions. It means that the energy carrier can overheat and, in some cases, catch fire. The right solution to this problem is to keep the proper humidity in the room - about 50%.

Finally, the third step concerns how to store lithium-ion batteries when not in use. Since all power carriers self-discharge 1-2% every month without being used, you’re to monitor the State of Charge and keep it at 40-50%. If indicators are lower, you have to charge the battery. That rule should be kept before the fully charged tool loses its capacity and becomes completely discharged. Following the above-mentioned steps and checking your battery from time to time helps you prolong the battery’s shelf life of 12 and even more years.


The Best Place For Safe Lithium Batteries Storage

The best storage for lithium batteries has to be specifically designed considering all the factors that can affect the chargers. Temperature, fire suppression, and charging station are the most critical points to consider when storing lithium-ion batteries safely and keeping them working.

So, no matter whether you have special storage or not, you need to:

  • Get the battery out of the tool if you are not going to use it;

  • Sort the chargers by the category: used or working;

  • Be sure your working energy carrier is 50% of capacity and check its state every half of the year;

  • Find a place that is based on metal, or choose a special metal cabinet. Location is the crucial aspect of providing proper care of batteries. It will prevent a fire if electrolytes leak;

  • Be sure the temperature in storage is between 5 °C and 20 °C;

  • Check your storage every week in order to be sure it’s all right.

Store batteries in well-ventilated places. Put batteries in such a way so that they are stable. Do not bump, knock them over, and do not let them damage. Never place heavy objects on top of batteries.


Let CIE-Solutions Build A Custom Storage Solution For You

Our qualified company has been working in the battery storage industry for over 15 years, providing professional solutions for private partners such as Utah State University, Siemens, and Nissan, or U.S. Government Contractors like NASA, U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force. Our company knows how to store lithium-ion batteries in the right way and creates all necessary conditions for your needs. We:

  • Design. A qualified team will create any type of storage for your chargers or customize the one you need in three steps: concept, prototype, and working model. You will get the rooms equipped with professional tools such as climate control solutions for keeping the right temperature conditions in the building. CIE-Solutions’ storages have professional instruments like fire suppression, dry air in the building, a water-spray system, and fire extinguishers for hand liquidation of fire;

  • Test. Every storage system will be tested using professional instruments to achieve excellent performance and working stability. We launch a control check of all the systems. For example, we test the air system to see whether ventilation works properly, launch control verification of accessibility of all the necessary entry and exit doors systems, as well as an emergency exit;

  • Consult. We continue helping our consumers from the moment of making the prototype until the battery uses a stage. You can get all the information you need via the contact button on our website.

 

FAQ

How to choose battery storage?

The main focus when choosing storage is how the building is equipped. It has to be well ventilated, safe from fire, and has acceptable temperature conditions.

How long can chargers be in storage?

It depends on your needs. Our storage is not limited in time. Our engineers can design long-time solutions if needed.

How much time can I store my battery in a non-specialized place?

It depends on the conditions it is stored in. It is vital to follow all the necessary rules to keep the battery alive as long as possible.

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